• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Ancient Rome: Asian-Like Cuisine and Archaic Gynecological Advice

  1. “Roman cooking must have tasted more like Southeast Asian cuisine today,” Uden says.
    This is often mentioned in various writings on garum. I disagree with this assertion that garum’s use in ancient Roman cuisine must have made it similar to Southeast Asian cuisine. Have a ponder at tomato-based sauces. You would not expect Italian pasta sauces to taste like a Mexican salsa just because they share one common ingredient. The combined use of several other indigenous ingredients will easily set them apart. Herbs such as rosemary not found in Southeast Asian cuisine will create quite a difference. Anchovies taste a lot like the preserved fish paste of Southeast Asia such as prahok, pla ra and padaek. However the application of anchovies is totaly different from how it is used in Southeast Asia, resulting in very different tasting dishes.

  2. As an anthropologist (thank you, BU!), I could not be more pleased with James Uden’s approach to Roman history. There are so many lessons to be learned from our forebears, Roman or not, and the deeper we dig into what they were truly like — from their politics to their childrearing practices, to their cuisines, to the “ick” factors that are part of all of it — the richer is our understanding of the human condition. I do applaud you, Prof. Uden.

  3. The Roman author was not wrong, the Old Testament calls for taking every 7th year off. The Jews were not lazy since this was rarely observed in practice.

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